Two years into the Trudeau 2.0 Minority Term, which day will Justin call the election that only he wants?

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Trudeau says he remains open to electoral reform if Liberals re-elected
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Publishing date:Sep 18, 2021 • 15 hours ago • 3 minute read • 179 Comments
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks during an election campaign stop in Aurora, Ont., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks during an election campaign stop in Aurora, Ont., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. PHOTO BY CARLOS OSORIO /REUTERS
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RICHMOND HILL, Ont. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Saturday that he remains open to getting rid of Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system if his party is re-elected, but added that it’s not a priority since there’s no consensus on the issue.

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Trudeau said, however, that he would not favour proportional representation as an alternative, saying the system “gives more weight to smaller parties that are perhaps fringe parties.”


Trudeau instead expressed his preference for a ranked ballot system, saying such an approach contributes to less divisive elections.

“I have always been a fan of ranked ballots where people get to choose first choice, second choice, third choice,” he said during a campaign stop in Aurora, Ont. “I think it forces parties to come together and make a pitch to be the second choice of other voters and therefore they are less divisive.”

The Liberal leader first raised the prospect of electoral reform in 2015 by promising that the federal election held that year would be the last to use the first-past-the-post method, a pledge he would ultimately renege on.

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Trudeau added Saturday that moving forward with electoral reform was “not a priority” since there was still no consensus among political parties on the issue.

“If ever there is more of a consensus, it could be interesting to follow up on and I’d be open to that, because I’ve never flinched in my desire for ranked ballots,” he said.

Trudeau was asked about the issue shortly after his party announced it was cutting ties with a Toronto candidate who previously faced a sexual assault charge that was later dropped.

The party said Friday it had learned of the allegations against Kevin Vuong through a report in the Toronto Star a day earlier, and had asked him to “pause” his campaign.

But the party released a statement on Saturday saying Vuong won’t be a Liberal candidate anymore, and if he’s elected to represent Spadina-Fort York on Monday, he will not be a member of the Liberal caucus.

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Vuong denied the allegations against him in a statement Friday, and noted the charge was withdrawn. He did not immediately respond to request for comment on Saturday’s developments.

When asked about the issue on Saturday, Trudeau said the party had followed the processes in place and had “come to the conclusion this individual can no longer be a Liberal candidate in this election.”

He also said his party would continue to improve its candidate vetting process to avoid similar situations in the future.

With only two days before Canadians head to the polls, Trudeau clearly wished to keep his attention firmly fixed on the battle for last-minute votes.

Under sunny skies, he blitzed through a series of stops in Ontario – buying honey at a farmer’s market in Newmarket, doing some lawn bowling in Richmond Hill and dropping by a campaign office to urge volunteers to “go flat out” to get the vote out.

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“Knock on doors, talk to your neighbours,” he urged them.

At most stops, Trudeau was greeted by friendly crowds who swarmed him for selfies, with the occasional protester or heckler throwing insults from the outside.

Over and over, Trudeau repeated his party’s promise to fight climate change and promote vaccines, and insisted Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole would “take Canada backwards.”

Trudeau has been coy in recent days about his own post-election future, saying that he wants to concentrate on Monday’s vote and not engage in speculation.

But on Saturday, he said he’s not done with putting forward his agenda on issues such as climate change, affordable child care and protecting seniors, adding he’s enthusiastic “not only for the days to come, but the years to come together.”

“There is lots of work still to do, and I’m nowhere near done yet,” he said.
He rode in on his first election with that promise and yeah these many years later has failed to act. Guess he saw the light or was put on notice by the liberal machine that changing the system could very well alter the parties hold on certain parts of the country. Nothing that comes out of that man-child's mouth can be believed after he failed to deliver on more than half of the promises that he made in both past elections.

No intelligent, caring, thoughtful, moral person would vote for the liberals. I will be voting for our Conservative candidate in Moose Jaw/Long Lake/Lanigan riding. His name is Fraser Tolmie and he was the former mayor of Moose Jaw.
 

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Conservatives demand 'clown' Trudeau is voted out after ANOTHER picture of him in blackface emerges on eve of Canada's national election​

  • Yet another image of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface at the 2001 Arabian Nights party
  • The photo, released on Sunday by Canadian Proud, shows the liberal icon in a turban and robe, with his tongue sticking out - the world leader has also covered his face with dark makeup
  • The latest insensitive image of the Canadian Prime Minister, who has a checkered history of blackface, has been slammed as a national embarrassment and Trudeau branded a 'clown' by many online
  • Photos of the event first emerged in 2019 - prompting outrage and an apology from Trudeau - but this is the first time a color image from the party has been released
By SANDRA SALATHE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS

PUBLISHED: 08:55 EDT, 20 September 2021 | UPDATED: 10:49 EDT, 20 September 2021

 

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i would like the municipal, provincial, and federal terms to be increased to 5 years. 💡
 

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wonder if there are any nostradamus quatrains?
'a jackass from up north will be reelected.' :( ;)
 

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Petition demands ousted Spadina-Fort York Liberal candidate resign
Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:Sep 21, 2021 • 10 hours ago • 2 minute read • 16 Comments
Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018.
Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018. PHOTO BY BRYAN PASSIFIUME /Toronto Sun
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As Kevin Vuong — the ousted Liberal candidate for Toronto Spadina-Fort York — continues his healthy lead in the still-ongoing tabulation of Monday night’s election results, one political commentator has launched a petition urging him to step aside.

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Mark Slapinski told the Toronto Sunhe launched the petition on Tuesday, in response to Vuong’s unofficial win in the riding, despite being disallowed by the Liberal Party over a dropped 2019 sexual assault charge.


“The Liberals didn’t vet him properly, Elections Canada didn’t take his name off the ballot, and the media was reporting on him as a Liberal candidate during the election,” Slapinski said.

“I think this was a failure of democracy, and hope this petition will bring attention to this mix-up.”

The petition garnered over 730 signatures by Tuesday evening.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was grilled over his initial refusal to drop Vuong, saying the party was only asking him to “pause” his campaign.

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That was followed by a statement the next day from the Liberal Party, saying it parted ways with Vuong — by then too late for Elections Canada to remove Vuong’s name from the ballot.

Vuong denied the allegations made against him, and in a statement last week, said the charge was withdrawn by the Crown before the matter went to trial.

Spadina-Fort York was previously held by Liberal Adam Vaughan, who did not seek re-election.

Earlier in the campaign, Trudeau spent several news conferences defending Kitchener Centre candidate Raj Saini over allegations he’d sexually harassed a number of female staffers in complaints that date back years. Saini denied the accusations.


Vuong, an officer in the naval reserve, is also facing a review by the Canadian Armed Forces, for allegedly not informing them of the dropped 2019 charge.

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With all but one of the riding’s 129 polls reporting results as of early Tuesday evening, Vuong was ahead of NDP candidate Norm Di Pasquale — a Catholic school trustee — by 1,320 votes, enough for many to unofficially declare his victory.

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Justin Trudeau finally got around to jettisoning Kevin Vuong, writes Warren Kinsella.
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Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018.
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Kevin Vuong is pictured in a file photo taken on the Bathurst Bridge overlooking Toronto on Sept. 28, 2018 while he was campaigning during the Toronto municipal election for the position of city councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York.
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Once confirmed the winner, Vuong can either choose to sit in the house as an independent or resign.

Both Di Pasquale and Vuong declined comment when contacted by the Sun.

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Petition demands ousted Spadina-Fort York Liberal candidate resign
Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:Sep 21, 2021 • 10 hours ago • 2 minute read • 16 Comments
Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018.
Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018. PHOTO BY BRYAN PASSIFIUME /Toronto Sun
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As Kevin Vuong — the ousted Liberal candidate for Toronto Spadina-Fort York — continues his healthy lead in the still-ongoing tabulation of Monday night’s election results, one political commentator has launched a petition urging him to step aside.

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Mark Slapinski told the Toronto Sunhe launched the petition on Tuesday, in response to Vuong’s unofficial win in the riding, despite being disallowed by the Liberal Party over a dropped 2019 sexual assault charge.


“The Liberals didn’t vet him properly, Elections Canada didn’t take his name off the ballot, and the media was reporting on him as a Liberal candidate during the election,” Slapinski said.

“I think this was a failure of democracy, and hope this petition will bring attention to this mix-up.”

The petition garnered over 730 signatures by Tuesday evening.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was grilled over his initial refusal to drop Vuong, saying the party was only asking him to “pause” his campaign.

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That was followed by a statement the next day from the Liberal Party, saying it parted ways with Vuong — by then too late for Elections Canada to remove Vuong’s name from the ballot.

Vuong denied the allegations made against him, and in a statement last week, said the charge was withdrawn by the Crown before the matter went to trial.

Spadina-Fort York was previously held by Liberal Adam Vaughan, who did not seek re-election.

Earlier in the campaign, Trudeau spent several news conferences defending Kitchener Centre candidate Raj Saini over allegations he’d sexually harassed a number of female staffers in complaints that date back years. Saini denied the accusations.


Vuong, an officer in the naval reserve, is also facing a review by the Canadian Armed Forces, for allegedly not informing them of the dropped 2019 charge.

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With all but one of the riding’s 129 polls reporting results as of early Tuesday evening, Vuong was ahead of NDP candidate Norm Di Pasquale — a Catholic school trustee — by 1,320 votes, enough for many to unofficially declare his victory.

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Justin Trudeau finally got around to jettisoning Kevin Vuong, writes Warren Kinsella.
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Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018.
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Kevin Vuong is pictured in a file photo taken on the Bathurst Bridge overlooking Toronto on Sept. 28, 2018 while he was campaigning during the Toronto municipal election for the position of city councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York.
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Once confirmed the winner, Vuong can either choose to sit in the house as an independent or resign.

Both Di Pasquale and Vuong declined comment when contacted by the Sun.

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he should form a party with patrick brown. 💡 ;)
 

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Ousted Toronto Liberal candidate will sit as independent MP
Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:Sep 22, 2021 • 13 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018.
Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018. PHOTO BY BRYAN PASSIFIUME /Toronto Sun
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With all indications that he’ll end up winning, an ousted Liberal candidate in a hotly-contested Toronto riding plans to sit as an independent.

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Spadina-Fort York candidate Kevin Vuong issued a statement Wednesdaty saying he intends to accept the mandate handed to him by voters and represent the riding as an independent MP.


“Not everybody will have received the result they wanted, but everyone is counting on those elected to devote themselves to the service of everyone they represent,” Vuong wrote in the statement.

“That is what I intend to do.”


While Elections Canada has yet to finalize the results, Vuong leads NDP candidate Norm Di Pasquale by 1,320 votes, with 128 of 129 polls reporting.

Vuong was dropped by the Liberals last week after the Toronto Star reported Vuong was charged with sexual assault in 2019 — a charge later dropped by the Crown. Vuong denies any wrongdoing.

Vuong’s ouster came too late to remove him from the ballot, and after the completion of advance polling.


The statement also addressed the allegation, stating he and the alleged victim were in a “casual but intimate relationship.

“For years, the voices of those who have experienced sexual violence were silenced,” he wrote.

“Given these challenges, I understand why some may be hesitant to believe the allegations made against me are false, even if the charges were withdrawn.”

Vuong declined a request by the Toronto Sun for comment.

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In a statement, Pasquale expressed his appreciation to his campaign team, and called on Vuong to step aside.

“The truth is that Kevin Vuong has not earned the right to serve this community,” he said.

“And while I did not win, he forfeited his right to stand as our MP.

“In the days ahead we must all demand a by-election to determine a new choice.”

A petition calling on Vuong to step aside exceeded 1,500 signatures by Wednesday afternoon.

Spadina-Fort York was previously held by Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, who did not seek re-election.

Earlier in the campaign, Trudeau spent days defending now-defeated Kitchener Centre candidate Raj Saini over allegations he’d sexually harassed female staffers for years.

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Ousted Toronto Liberal candidate will sit as independent MP
Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:Sep 22, 2021 • 13 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018.
Kevin Vuong in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 9 2018. PHOTO BY BRYAN PASSIFIUME /Toronto Sun
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With all indications that he’ll end up winning, an ousted Liberal candidate in a hotly-contested Toronto riding plans to sit as an independent.

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Spadina-Fort York candidate Kevin Vuong issued a statement Wednesdaty saying he intends to accept the mandate handed to him by voters and represent the riding as an independent MP.


“Not everybody will have received the result they wanted, but everyone is counting on those elected to devote themselves to the service of everyone they represent,” Vuong wrote in the statement.

“That is what I intend to do.”


While Elections Canada has yet to finalize the results, Vuong leads NDP candidate Norm Di Pasquale by 1,320 votes, with 128 of 129 polls reporting.

Vuong was dropped by the Liberals last week after the Toronto Star reported Vuong was charged with sexual assault in 2019 — a charge later dropped by the Crown. Vuong denies any wrongdoing.

Vuong’s ouster came too late to remove him from the ballot, and after the completion of advance polling.


The statement also addressed the allegation, stating he and the alleged victim were in a “casual but intimate relationship.

“For years, the voices of those who have experienced sexual violence were silenced,” he wrote.

“Given these challenges, I understand why some may be hesitant to believe the allegations made against me are false, even if the charges were withdrawn.”

Vuong declined a request by the Toronto Sun for comment.

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In a statement, Pasquale expressed his appreciation to his campaign team, and called on Vuong to step aside.

“The truth is that Kevin Vuong has not earned the right to serve this community,” he said.

“And while I did not win, he forfeited his right to stand as our MP.

“In the days ahead we must all demand a by-election to determine a new choice.”

A petition calling on Vuong to step aside exceeded 1,500 signatures by Wednesday afternoon.

Spadina-Fort York was previously held by Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, who did not seek re-election.

Earlier in the campaign, Trudeau spent days defending now-defeated Kitchener Centre candidate Raj Saini over allegations he’d sexually harassed female staffers for years.

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Now Trudie can go after him to resign
 

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Oh right so then a special election would have to be called would it not or would the 2nd place person automatically be the representative? If the former, more money to be spent; the latter would be my preference. What say you?
There are no rewards for losers in Canadian politics. We would spend money on a bi-election. But TrueDope has no power over him so he can and should tell him to Fruck Off.
 
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LILLEY: Investigation needed on whether China interfered in Canada's election
Author of the article:Brian Lilley
Publishing date:Sep 23, 2021 • 6 hours ago • 3 minute read • 15 Comments
Kenny Chiu, the now-former Conservative MP for Stevenston Richmond East, says there was definitely a campaign of misinformation against him and other Conservative MPs.
Kenny Chiu, the now-former Conservative MP for Stevenston Richmond East, says there was definitely a campaign of misinformation against him and other Conservative MPs. PHOTO BY JASON PAYNE /POSTMEDIA FILES
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Last February, David Vigneault, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, gave a speech that warned of the potential for foreign interference in Canadian elections. The vote we had on Monday likely saw the very actions that Vigneault was warning about.

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This isn’t to say that the purported interference was substantial enough to change the outcome of the election, but it does appear that there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation.


Kenny Chiu, the now-former Conservative MP for Steveston-Richmond East, says there was definitely a campaign of misinformation against him and other Conservative MPs. He’s not blaming the Liberal opponent who won the riding on Monday night, but feels he was targeted by others due to his stance against the Chinese Communist party.

“There were anonymously authored articles posted on WeChat criticizing not just myself but my party, my leader,” Chiu said.

Chiu introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons this year meant to require anyone representing any foreign government in Canada to register as an agent of that government.

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Chiu said this was portrayed falsely in WeChat, a Chinese social media platform, as targeting everyday Chinese Canadians, which wasn’t the case.

Chiu, who was born in Hong Kong and is ethnically Chinese, was also blamed for spreading anti-Asian racism for criticizing China’s dictatorship. His support of a motion accusing China of genocide for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims was also used to criticize him as an enemy of China.

The criticisms of Chiu mirrored the criticisms that come from the Communist party in Beijing.

He noted that colleagues like Alice Wong, also from Hong Kong, was defeated, as was Bob Saroya, another Conservative MP who represented the riding of Markham-Unionville in Ontario. All three of these MPs were in ridings with a high number of Chinese Canadians.

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Liberals in similar ridings were re-elected on Monday. At several points, the Chinese government had made clear through comments by their ambassador and writings in state media that they did not want to see a Conservative government in Ottawa.

Is it possible that Beijing used agents in Canada to ensure their result and silence critics? In his February speech, Vigneault said that China engages in activities to “target and quiet dissidents to the regime.”

“A number of foreign states engage in hostile actions that routinely threaten and intimidate individuals in Canada to instil fear, silence dissent and pressure political opponents,” Vigneault said.


Chiu has been an outspoken and effective opponent of China’s government. It is not unreasonable to believe that they were behind these attempts to silence him and remove him from his position in Parliament.

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Charles Burton, a former Canadian diplomat who spent time at our embassy in Beijing, told Postmedia this week that an investigation should be launched. I’d have to say that I agree but I’m not hopeful because too often we don’t take these threats seriously, at least not at the political level.

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LILLEY UNLEASHED: Foreign interference in Canada's election?
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After the 2015 election, a report was submitted to Parliament detailing how American money had been used to fund third-party groups in Canada during that campaign. Nothing came of the report — it was ignored and foreign money can still be used to advance political causes in this country in the middle of an election.

Let’s hope the security officials take this issue more seriously than the politicians do, and that they speak loudly and publicly about what they find.

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